Who are we?

Experts in publications and print, Crest and TypeStart work together to provide a complete stress free publishing, design and print service to our customers.

TypeStart was founded in 1984 to focus on typesetting, design, short run printing and finishing.

A great team of talented typesetters and art workers who have been laying out magazines, flyers and other printed literature for nearly 40 years!

In 2013 TypeStart purchased Crest to build their capacity and offer a complete service to their customers. Crest had been helping people achieve great looking publications for many years and have proved to be the perfect match for TypeStart.

Initially Crest’s core business was working with the British Military creating stylish journals for individual regiments, corps and training units of the Army and Royal Air Force. Still a significant customer for Crest, we have also broadened our horizons to produce a range of publications across a number of sectors.

The Team

Telephone Sales and Marketing – Crest
Our newest team member, Fern always answers the phone in a cheerful manner and loves to work with the team to ensure your queries are answered quickly and appropriately.
Telephone Sales and Marketing – Crest
Our lovely Steph works hard to sell advertising to help reduce the cost of your publications. Steph has 13 years’ experience in this field and knows her magazines inside out.
Publishing Assistant - Crest
Jodie helps editors with their enquiries, assists advertisers with their copy and artwork and plans and manages magazine deadlines. A thorough and efficient proof-reader, nothing gets past her eagle eyes. A fabulous baker and cross-stitcher, creative Jodie has always got a novel in her bag!
Publishing Manager – Crest
The face of Crest, Jayne is known for her welcoming manner and fun nature towards her clients and colleagues. With nearly 20 years’ experience in publishing Jayne works with editors and is the first point of contact for any publishing queries. She is our resident artist, excelling in drawing cows and giraffes! Come and have a coffee with our friendly scouser and see how we could work together.
Typesetter and Print Finisher - TypeStart
Holly joined us 8 years ago for some work experience and loved it so much she never left! Our sweet eater extraordinaire will be the one who answers the phone when you ring and works with a variety of Funeral Directors on their Orders of Service. Holly is the designated point of contact for greeting cards artists too.
Typesetter - TypeStart
Super speedy and efficient Dan is brilliant with font recognition and magazine design. Over 20 years’ experience in design and print ensures Dan can work on any type of publication. He loves his football, just don’t ask how Manchester United are doing!
Director and Typesetter – TypeStart
With over 30 years’ experience in print and design, Caroline has a flair for creating eye catching publications. She loves her colleagues and makes sure the office atmosphere is always fun and upbeat!
Director – TypeStart and Crest
Not just our brilliant hardworking Director, William is our money man and machine repair guru! Taking charge of our accounts department and compliance, we make him sit downstairs so he doesn’t distract us with his tendency to chat!

What do our Customers think?

We love working with such a diverse range of customers and organisations. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide a personal, efficient and professional service to all, from a single author to large organisations.
“The final product is a veritable masterpiece and has gone down extremely well with all and sundry!”
- Editor 3RHA
“I found the relaxed professionalism at Crest so easy to work with. The format of the finished book is exactly what I wanted in layout and cover. I enjoyed working with Crest so much I am now planning my next book!”
- Tom Groocock
“Thank you very much indeed for your inestimable support over the past couple of years. Your flexibility, ingenuity and hard work made the whole process a great deal easier, and I am very proud of the resulting magazines. I hope our paths cross again. ”
“Our QA Gazette now has the professional finish it needed, their innovative ideas and their helpful friendly staff have made my first foray into the world of editing a fantastic experience.”
“During the year I worked with Crest, I was greatly impressed by their motivation, enthusiasm, and commitment”
- Royal Artillery Regiment

Our Customers